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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hazara Muslims call for 10-day strike in SW Pakistan


Pakistan’s Hazara Democratic Party has announced a 10-day strike to protest the targeted killings of Hazara Shia Muslims in the southwestern province of Balochistan, Press TV reports.


A 10-day strike will be held from April 20 to 30, the party chairman Abdul Khaliq Hazara said in Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta on Tuesday.

He also called for the holding of a conference involving all parties to discuss the killing of innocent Hazara community members.

The announcement comes a day after unknown gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on a shoe shop, slaying six Shia Muslims and injuring three others in the Hazara region of Quetta.

Hundreds of people took to the streets across the Balochistan province on Tuesday, chanting slogans against the government for failing to arrest the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, shops, markets and educational institutions have been closed in response to the call for the strike over the killings.

Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani has fired six police officials for dereliction of duty and 17 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the Monday's attack.

MS/MAB/MA

Press TV

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